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Teen Health and Success Partnership

Teen Health and Success Partnership

The Teen Health and Success Partnership (THSP) matches at-risk high school students with employment opportunities at the University of Rochester (UR) and provides hiring and employment assistance to support students’ long-term career success.

Employment at the University exposes students to local career opportunities in their field of choice – from health care to food service to IT – and helps them develop marketable job skills and financial independence. The program is a partnership with the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) and FutureReady. Participating students have access to a full-time youth advocate and a suite of wrap-around services for overcoming obstacles at home, school, and work. This partnership structure provides students with the vision and tools for a range of educational and career options after graduation, and enables the University of Rochester to employ well-prepared youth from the local diverse community.

Our Approach

The THSP team provides comprehensive support to high school students and their UR departments and supervisors throughout hiring and employment. The THSP Hiring Navigator works with departments and HR to identify job openings that are appropriate for high school students. Students who have completed a 30-hour employment preparedness training with our partners then apply for available UR positions. The Hiring Navigator works closely with students and departments through the application, interview, and onboarding processes. Once students begin working, the THSP Employment Navigator acts as a liaison and support system for supervisors and students, addressing any workplace concerns and helping students plan for their career post-graduation. This means that students graduate from high school with real job experience and are prepared for their next learning and career steps.

Our Approach

Our Progress

THSP students work in wide range of jobs, spanning 36 departments across Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and the main UR campus. In 2019, 100% of students who stuck with their UR employment graduated from high school and 66% of the 2019 graduates remain employed at the University of Rochester.

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Get Involved

For more information on the Teen Health & Success Partnership and its programs, contact Annabelle Kleist